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Published December 25, 2009, 02:01 PM

Venison Back On Food Bank Shelves

Venison was back on the shelves of North Dakota food banks this year. It didn't last long.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Venison was back on the shelves of North

Dakota food banks this year. It didn't last long.

One year after a scare about lead poisoning from bullets cut the

venison supply by thousands of pounds, donations this time were

slowed by lower deer numbers, less than ideal hunting conditions

and lean times in many households.

Ann Pollert, spokeswoman for the agency that administers the

Sportsmen Against Hunger program, said the group will likely end up

about halfway to its goal of 700 deer carcasses.

Pollert says it was a "different hunting season," but says

venison is a bonus to food pantries and nobody is complaining.

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